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If you are being tailgat- eel, move out of the left At least you get the right %rder" whenyou go through the T.G. Scott line.votes: 8 even LIVE in Forsyth! votes: 7 Forsyth! votes: 7 CNN is the hate Trump network. They just trash Trump every single hour Sad for Atlanta if they do close, votes: 6 If rm tic allows and you slam into the back of my car because you're impatient, that~ your fault, votes: 6 IN PELOSrS BOWL OF I" FRUITS & NUTS. votes: 6 for USA. Carry on. votes: 6 By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Dr. Richard Bazemore of T.G. Scott Elementary was named a 2019 National Distinguished Principal on Friday by the Georgia Association of Elemen- tary School Principals. He will represent Georgia at the 2019 National Disti n- guished Principal event in October in Washington, D.C. Hal Beaver, execu- tive director of GAESP, a statewide principals organization, surprised Bazemore with the award at an end-of-the-year lunch for T.G. Scott faculty and staff. Several members of Bazemore's family and school administrators were on hand to congratulate Bazemore. Connie Brown of Mentoring Minds, a national K- 12 publisher that partners with GAESP, presented Bazemore with a check for $2,000 as part of the recognition. "The committee chose you because you are the outstanding principal in the state;' said Brown. "En- joy your trip and recogni- tion at the Fall conference" Beaver said Bazemore and his wife, Jan, will re- ceive the red carpet treat- ment in Washington, D.C. for four days in October as they represent Georgia. Beaver said Bazemore was chosen not only for what he does instructionally but also for what he does in the community. "q-hank you. Thank you very much" said Bazemore to his faculty and staff. "3-his wouldn't be possible without you and those who came before you and those who will come after you. I'm just so proud. It's all about the children." Bazemore has been at Excuse me I was wrong, a Gag order not hush money. Her accrued time is a joke. The amount the helm of T.G. Scott ,Elementary since it opened -15 years ago. 'l'h fschool ' what Hedges is t ng has been recogn ed for to fix. Kudzu to Hedges. its students' high level votes: 6 of achievement over the years. In 2018 it was one of 81 schools out of 1,300, money. It that is in the top 5 percent had accrued and she was in the state, to be named a paid for it. Jeez, people, Georgia Highest Perform- quit making stuff up. ing Title I Rewards School. votes: 6 Bazemore began work- ing for Monroe County We are paying $4 million Schools in 1995 as the as- for new City Hall and sistant principal at Monroe Council doesn't want to County Middle School. He see a revised drawing is proud of his deep roots in Monroe County, which reach back several gen- need I erations. He is the son of new columns will look Edward and Dot Bazemore like, how the kmilding will and has one brother, Bill. be "soffened"!l!! votes: 6 His father was a Forsyth city council member when he passed away. His mother, wife, sister-in-law, for Hedges' brand new Julie, and nephew, Will, vehicle to take back and were present at the an- forth to Ashburfi? Anita nouncement on Friday. From the middle school, Bazemore became princi- pal of Hubbard Elemen- orter Page 3A e D' tary, which then served all 3rd-5th graders in the county. He was then tapped to head up the new T.G. Scott Elementary when it opened in 2004. Bazemore now supervises about 75 teachers, close to 24 support staff and about 750 pre-K to 5th grade students. The student body was near 1,100 before K.B. Sutton Elementary opened. Bazemore credits the relatively low teacher and staff turnover at TGS to hiring wisely, finding people who fit and in turn provide.a stable and suc- cessful environment for the students. "They are my family, like my children;' said Baze- more. "I'm the oldest one in the building" He is sometimes called 'Papa Bear" as a nod to TGS's friendly bear mas- cot. He said the children gave him the moniker and some parents picked it up. Bazemore said he is very proud of being Georgia's 2019 National Distin- guished Principal because it is the ultimate honor for elementary and middle school principals in the state and has been one of his long-term profes- sional goals. He will soon meet another long-term professional goal when he becomes president of Georgia Association of Ed- ucational Leaders (GAEL). He is now .treasurer, will become president-elect in July and then president in 2020. Bazemore is looking for- ward to meeting the Dis- tinguished Principals from the other states at the Fall Conference. Four or five of them will be interviewed and a 'best of the best' will be announced. "The competition is very strong;' said Bazemore. "I would really be amazed [to be chosen.]' He anticipates meet- ing the U.S. Education and maybe the President the ence, Bazemore said he[ hopes it is at the same time as the TGS student trip to Washington, D.C. so that he gets to meet up with some of his students in the nation's capital. Honorees are chosen by nominations from state peers with final selection by National Association of Elementary School Princi- pals affiliates. "It exemplifies the work you do every day;' said Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman at the announce- ment. "Dr. Bazemore is a pillar of education in the state ! truly appreciate as a superintendent the stability he brings to this school" Bazemore is active in Monroe County and has served as church deacon, Sunday school teacher and committee member. Dr. Richard Bazemore accepts a $2,000 check for being named a National Distinguished Principal by the Georgia Association of Elementary Principals on Friday. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) He enjoys three Bulldog clubs--Mary Persons, University of Georgia and Samford, where his nephew plays football. Ba- zemore has been a mem- ber of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission Board of Directors since 2006 and will serve as the chairman next year. Bazemore is known for the positive atmosphere at T.G. Scott and for being involved directly with his students and staff. For several years he has been the one to guide new Monroe County teachers during orientation as they ride a school bus around the county, seewhere their studentscome from and learn some Monroe County history. "It's about relationships;' said Bazem0re, whether fli students, teachers and sfa,parents, members Of tff c0mmunity or other !gnals around the":i 'r! s Hnatio9. no kitchen like l 789 Uf~341 South mamasktchn Bames~lle, GA 30204 Monday - Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. i LOCATED OFF 1-75, EXIT 185, FORSYTH, GA @ THE SHELL STATION i Peaches. 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